There were very public attacks yesterday on the first son, Barron Trump, and President Trump’s granddaughter Chloe, via threatening remarks published on Twitter that resulted in both the Secret Service being notified, as well as several companies being called out publicly for their support of the authors of the threatening tweets.
Academy Award-nominated Peter Fonda called for Barron Trump to be placed in a cage with pedophiles while challenging First Lady Melania Trump to stand up to her husband.
One of Fonda’s representatives told Fox News that he “wanted to make sure that Melania and Ivanka communicate with the president the dire circumstances of separating mothers and young children.” The rep added on behalf of Fonda, “My response is the move was evil–same as the Pope.”
After social media users called for the Secret Service to be contacted over 78-year old Fonda’s tweets, First Lady Melania Trump notified the Secret Service of the threat. Spokesperson for the First Lady, Stephanie Grisham informed the Daily Caller that the Secret Service has been “notified” of the threat. “The tweet is sick and irresponsible and USSS has been notified,” Grisham said.
The actor went on to attack United States Secretary of Homeland Security Kristjen Nielsen, calling her a “lying gash” and saying she needed to be stripped naked, “put in a cage”, and whipped in public. It should be noted that threatening ANY government official of the United States is a felony.
Fonda’s unhinged tweets didn’t stop there. He went on to demand that activists target the children of ICE agents by finding their home addresses and surrounding their homes as well as the schools of their children to “protest”.
All of these tweets Fonda eventually deleted, along with singer Nancy Sinatra and filmmaker Josh Fox who both endorsed Fonda’s tweets by retweeting them on their own timeline.
The attacks then focused on Chloe, Don Jr.’s daughter and granddaughter of President Trump. Canadian Broadcasting Company (@CBC) and Vanguarde Artists Management writer Pat Dussault posted a very threatening tweet that read, “Don’t worry, we’re coming for Chloe, too”, in response to Donald Trump Jr.’s tweet in which he called Peter Fonda out for attacking his youngest brother, 12 year old Barron Trump.
Although the 78-year old brother of Jane Fonda has since apologized for his tweets, the damage has been done. Peter Fonda apologized in a statement distributed to reporters saying, “I tweeted something highly inappropriate and vulgar about the president and his family in response to the devastating images I was seeing on television. Like many Americans, I am very impassioned and distraught over the situation with children separated from their families at the border, but I went way too far. It was wrong and I should not have done it. I immediately regretted it and sincerely apologize to the family for what I said and any hurt my words have caused.”
Peter Fonda’s idea of “immediately” must be different from most since his tweets remained on his timeline for over 10 hours before being deleted.
The CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey seems to condone this behavior, with Peter Fonda being allowed to keep his Twitter verification, (indicating he’s been verified by Twitter), instead of being stripped of the blue verification check mark after what was clearly abuse of the platform. The double standards are simply mind-blowing.
Was this all a way to garner attention, both good and bad to promote Fonda’s upcoming film Boundaries that opens in theaters June 22??
Yesterday, An Open Secret @AnOpenSecret called for a boycott of the film on their Twitter feed and several celebrities have called for other boycotts via Twitter, including: @SonyPictures, @MongrelMedia, @VeraFarmiga and @sonyclassics for supporting Peter Fonda.
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